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  • Dissertation Defended, Dr. Fizza Raza

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Fizza Raza who successfully defended her dissertation on July 11th, 2023. Dr. Fizza Raza’s dissertation is titled “Fertility Rates in South Asia and South Asian Diaspora in the United States: Convergence or Divergence?” This is a three-article dissertation in which Dr. Raza focuses on fertility differentials between India, Pakistan, […]

  • Debtanu Lahiri

    Sociology Colloquium, 1/25/2023

    Corporate Social Performance in the Face of Institutional De-Prioritization of Sustainability Policies Dr. Debtanu Lahiri, Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon The study examines firms’ response to sudden changes in the institutional environment, whereby the rules and regulations pertaining to the adoption of socially responsible practices is considerably muted. Using Trump’s victory in the […]

  • Samuel Cohn Colloquium

    Sociology Colloquium, 11/16/2022

    Sociology and the Threat to American Democracy Dr. Samuel Cohn, Texas A&M University American democracy is facing potential triple threats: threats to the very existence of democracy itself, threats of the disenfranchisement of a large percentage of the population and the threats of a major legitimation crisis. Some of those threats are avoidable. Others are […]

  • Paul Scholes Prize

    Sociology Colloquium, 10/26/2022

    Do Self Sufficient Refugees Start from Nothing? Paul Scholes, Texas A&M University Are refugees “blank slates” or do their characteristics matter for economic outcomes? The refugee studies literature makes conflicting predictions about refugee outcomes. What strategies help refugees become economically sufficient? Refugees are different from migrants and are selected, resettled, and live through different processes. […]

  • Megumi Tanabe Colloquium

    Sociology Colloquium, 9/28/2022

    Spirit of Capitalism in Medicine: What Drives Opioid Epidemics in the U.S.? Megumi Tanabe, Texas A&M University Opioid overdose is a persistent public health problem in the US, which killed over 68,000 in 2020. The first wave of the opioid epidemic began “pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to […]

  • Stephanie Savell

    Sociology Colloquium, 1/25/2022

    Racial Dimensions of US Post-9/11: Counterterrorism and the Conflict in Burkina Faso Dr. Stephanie Savell, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University As part of its post-9/11 military operations, the United States provides counterterrorism “training and assistance” to dozens of countries, many of them in Africa. Through the case of Burkina Faso, Dr. […]

  • Dr. Louise Roth

    Sociology Colloquium, 11/17/2021

    The Business of Birth: Reproductive Regimes and Maternity Care in the United States Dr. Louise Marie Roth, The University of Arizona In The Business of Birth, Louise Marie Roth explores the process of giving birth, and the ways in which medicine and law interact to shape maternity care. Focusing on the United States, Roth explores […]

  • Ann Morning

    Sociology Colloquium, 3/3/2021

    An Ugly Word: Rethinking Race in Italy Dr. Ann Morning, New York University The relevance of race for analyzing and combating social exclusion and stratification worldwide has been a subject of heated controversy. Based on interviews with young people in an aspiring “color-blind” Italy and a United States that has been called “race-obsessed,” we propose […]

  • Taking America Back for God

    Sociology Colloquium, 9/9/2020

    Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States Dr. Andrew Whitehead, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Dr. Samuel Perry, The University of Oklahoma Why do so many conservative Christians continue to support Donald Trump despite his many overt moral failings? Why do many Americans advocate so vehemently for xenophobic policies, such as […]